Travel & Outdoors

Because It's There

How to Climb Mount Rainier

What does it take to reach the highest peak in Washington? Planning, skills, and the right mindset. Our guide to Rainier mountaineering breaks it all down.

08/12/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Save Us

Satellite Devices Redefine Safety for Hikers

If you regularly hike or camp in the backcountry, a satellite communicator has become an essential piece of emergency equipment.

08/10/2022 By Allison Williams


What to Do in Washington in August

Summer adventures near Seattle begin on a boat, bike, or horse—or simply on a sunny wine picnic.

08/03/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Cool Dips

10 Hikes to Swimmable Lakes in Western Washington

Step one: Walk in the woods. Step two: Jump in. Mountain swimming holes from the Olympics to the Cascades beckon hikers willing to make the trek.

08/02/2022 By Allison Williams

summer slopes

Ski Areas Shift to Mountain Bike Parks in Summer

Stevens Pass reopens as a two-wheel destination this week, with Summit at Snoqualmie soon to follow.

07/27/2022 By Allison Williams

Short Stops

A Remote Fire Lookout That Can Be Reached by Car

Deep in the forest between three volcanoes, within easy driving distance from Seattle, a piece of history sits right off an unpaved road.

07/15/2022 By Allison Williams

Where To?

Introducing the PNWander Travel Newsletter

Sign up for a regular dose of travel news, destination ideas, road trip itineraries, and ways to explore the Pacific Northwest.

07/13/2022 By Allison Williams

Boarding Pass

Every Nonstop Flight from Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport and More

From short hops in the Pacific Northwest to direct domestic and international flights to New York, Dubai, and more, here's everywhere you can get from here.

07/06/2022 By Allison Williams

Main Dish

Where to Eat in Walla Walla

From breakfast at Bacon and Eggs to dinner at the Kinglet, Max Petty's new tasting menu spot, fine wine is only part of the equation.

07/05/2022 By Allison Williams and Allecia Vermillion


What to Do in Washington State in July

Berries and bluegrass take center stage for relief from the impending summer heat. Here's what to do this week and this weekend in Washington.

07/01/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Short Stop

A Tea Party for the Ages in Victoria, BC

The afternoon treat, served at this hotel in British Columbia, has to be sipped to be believed.

07/01/2022 By Allison Williams

Island Time

How to Get to Victoria, BC, by Boat or Plane

Journey to a land of afternoon tea and poutine for dinner on a ferry, passenger ship, or floatplane.

06/28/2022 By Allison Williams

Wet N Wild

A Guide to Seattle's Spray Parks and Wading Pools

This comprehensive list of watery havens around town includes favorites like Northacres and Hazel Miller Spray Park.

06/24/2022 By Ann Karneus

flaked out

Snow Blocks Many Trails as Summer Hiking Season Begins

High snowfall means that it still looks like winter in Pacific Northwest mountains; here's how to stay safe and find the dirt.

06/23/2022 By Allison Williams

Paw-some parks

A Guide to Seattle’s Dog Parks

Outdoor recreation options abound for the city’s most beloved residents at dog parks in Seattle, Redmond, Edmonds, and SeaTac.

06/16/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

On Belay

Outdoor Rock Climbing Near Seattle

Break out the ropes and racks to climb Washington’s natural crags. Plus: The dirt behind the storyteller who created climbing's biggest podcast.

06/15/2022 By Allison Williams

Rover Road Trip

Best Northwest Hotels to Visit with Dogs

Some overnight trips are a little furrier: The best Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia hotels that allow dogs.

06/14/2022 By Allison Williams

Say Cheese

How to Take a Night Sky Photo in Washington

Where to get a jaw-dropping starry night picture while camping in the Pacific Northwest, and all the photography equipment you'll need for Milky Way magic.

06/08/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach


Best Seattle Rock Climbing Gyms

Our indoor crags boast sky-high fake rocks and some of the best bouldering in the country. Plus: Seattle's best free outdoor rock climbing spots.

06/06/2022 By Allison Williams


What to Do in Washington State in June

June brings us summer days, so race toward them in a soap box car or atop a queen mattress with the month's best and oddest festivals.

06/03/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach